Which of the many Rob Zombie movies is your favorite? A divisive figure among horror fans — particularly for his ultra-violent Halloween reboot — Zombie brings the gore and struggles with censors to create loud, original horror content. He obligingly spoke to Yahoo about which of his movies — and which scenes in particular — he loves the best. Bear in mind that this interview took place before the release of 31, so Rob Zombie may have more to add to this list before long...
What's your favorite Rob Zombie movie?
5. House of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie's directorial debut (he's been directing his own music videos for years) was a cartoonish yet dark and gritty video nasty for the new millennium, and one that rightly spawned a kind-of sequel only two years later.
- Released: 2003
- Runtime: 88 min
- Budget: $7 million
- Box Office: $16.8 million
Rob Zombie's Favorite Scenes in House of 1000 Corpses
'The Cop' (the crane-out shot starts 02:05)
''There's a scene House of 1000 Corpses where Otis [played by Bill Moseley] has a gun to a cop's head, and there's this crane-out shot that lasts for a minute in dead silence. To watch that scene with an audience in the theater was great, because the tension that builds in a crowd that just has to sit there for a minute in silence is just hilarious.''
''I really like the scene in House of 1000 Corpses where the four kids are in with the family and Grandpa stands up with his mouth full of food and screams, "It's showtime!" And then we go into this bizarre show they have where he's telling this filthy joke and Baby does this Betty Boop song and dance. It was so out of leftfield and had nothing to do with anything.''
4. The Devil's Rejects
- Released: 2005
- Runtime: 109 min
- Budget: $7 million
- Box Office: $19.3 million
Rob Zombie's Favorite Scenes in The Devil's Rejects
'Otis v Gloria'
''It's a very tense scene, mostly between Bill Moseley and Priscilla Barnes. He's got his arms around her and he slides the gun down her underwear, being as sleazy as possible. At that moment I really felt like we had tapped into something. When you're filming, everything's fake and it's really obvious it's fake, but every once in a while it feels real and you know it's going to work.''
''At the end of The Devil's Rejects, there's a big bloody shootout to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Free Bird." But that's another moment everyone seems to love. I thought it was cool to take an iconic song that was so iconic that it almost lost its power because you've heard it so many times, and hear people say, ''Oh, now when I hear the song I can't help but think of the end of that movie.''"
Taking on a classic as widely adored as Halloween is a bold move, and Rob Zombie created a version of the story that stands completely separate from John Carpenter's vision: brutal, confident and memorable.
- Released: 2007
- Runtime: 110 min
- Budget: $15 million
- Box Office: $80.2 million
Rob Zombie's Favorite Scenes in Halloween
''I'm Joe Grizzly, bitch!''
''I really like the scene in Halloween where the character of Joe Grizzly, played by Ken Foree, heads into the bathroom and Michael Myers kills him to steal his work overalls... Between the two of them, you get close to 700 pounds worth of solid weight. When you watch the scene, it seems really violent because it truly was very violent when we filmed it.''
If the ending of Halloween looks super brutal, that's because it is. Two stunt performers took the leap off that balcony and fell hard.
''That night was horrible... somehow when they fell... they got twisted around and this huge guy landed on top of this tiny girl and crushed her in half. She bent weird and you just heard this crunch and this scream start. That was the take we used in this movie. I wasn't going to use it, but she wanted us to. Obviously, at that point the ambulances came to rush her to the hospital. She was f---ed up for a while. That's the scary thing about doing stunts... sometimes things go wrong. It was pretty horrifying.''
2. Halloween II
- Released: 2009
- Runtime: 105 min
- Budget: $15 million
- Box Office: $39.3 million
Rob Zombie's Favorite Scenes in Halloween II
''I like that scene for many reasons. It's partially based on a true incident. I had a roommate who told me a story about him and his friends driving around on a country road at night and they hit a cow. It crushed the car like an accordion, but somehow the cow was still alive. That's what inspired it. I tried my best to make it as brutally violent as possible.''
'The Ambiguous Ending'
''It's not necessarily scary by any means, but there's a scene that ends Halloween II where the viewer doesn't know if Laurie Strode is dead or if she's hallucinating or she's in an asylum or whatever... She's got a crazy look in her eye now, and she sees the vision of her mother all in white with the white horse coming towards her.''
1. The Lords of Salem
The movie that launched a thousand Halloween costumes, Sheri Moon Zombie led Zombie's slickly realized demonic flick with aplomb. Rob Zombie has teased Lords of Salem 2.
- Released: 2012
- Runtime: 100 min
- Budget: $1.5 million
- Box Office: $1.5 million
Rob Zombie's Favorite Scenes in The Lords of Salem
''I really like the scene in The Lords of Salem where Heidi [Hawthorne, played by Sheri Moon Zombie], after all the buildup, finally is wheeled down the hall... She's got the skull makeup on and we see that Apartment 5, which is the portal to Hell, is this grand cathedral with this little weird creature at the top of the stairs. That was one of my favorite moments to film.''
''I really like the scene in The Lords of Salem where Bruce Davison, who plays Francis Matthias, comes into the house and has tea with the three ladies, because it's such a simple scene... It's a subtle scene, not this big, crazy, violent moment, but it might be one of the most tension-filled scenes in the whole movie.''